Psalm 119:73-80 | י Yodh

One way we see God’s hand in our life is through the Holy Spirit.

When we get stuck in certain situations, He helps us understand how to move forward.

When we struggle in our relationships, He is present and ready to direct our conversations.

When we face hardship and afflictions, He is available to help us remember the truth and hope we have in Jesus.

Holy Spirit is like an unseen hand we can hold on to when we don’t know how to move forward: He is our helping hand.

In Psalm 119:73-80, one definition of Yodh is a “hand” or “arm.” Its form suggests a hand reaching toward heaven in prayer. In this post, I will explain how this definition connects to these verses and reveal how God’s hand (Holy Spirit) is present in the following areas of your life:

  • Your understanding
  • Your relationships, and
  • Trials and afflictions

By the end of this post, you’ll know the various definitions of Yodh and its connection to the Helper, Holy Spirit. You will also receive a downloadable with 10 Bible verses about Holy Spirit in you. These Bible verses have helped me understand the importance of walking in step with Him and abiding in His love continuously.

Definition of Yodh

Yodh (pronounced “yode”) is the smallest Hebrew letter.

It means “arm” or “hand,” and often represents a hand reaching toward heaven in prayer, or a person humbly bowing down in prayer.

It is part of all the other Hebrew letters, and therefore, every Hebrew word. And, because of its form and size, it also represents humility.

Despite its size, it is vital to the Hebrew language and especially the Word of God.

Some Jewish scholars go as far as to say that without this letter the entire Torah is to be considered invalid. This may also be the letter Jesus refers to in Matthew 5:18 and Luke 16:17, when He says not one stroke of a letter in the Law will pass or fail (until fulfilled).

Furthermore, Yodh is the 10th Hebrew letter, which illustrates completion and order.

As you read the following verses, note the psalmist’s reliance on God for Help:

Psalm 119:73-80

73 Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, so that I may learn Your commandments.

74 May those who fear You see me and be glad, Because I wait for Your word.

75 I know, Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, and that You have afflicted me in faithfulness.

76 May Your favor comfort me, according to Your word to Your servant.

77 May Your compassion come to me so that I may live, For Your Law is my delight.

78 May the arrogant be put to shame, because they lead me astray with a lie; But I shall meditate on Your precepts.

79 May those who fear You turn to me, And those who know Your testimonies.

80 May my heart be blameless in Your statutes, So that I will not be ashamed.

Holy Spirit’s Help In Your Understanding

73 Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, so that I may learn Your commandments.
80 May my heart be blameless in Your statutes, So that I will not be ashamed.

As the psalmist prays about receiving understanding and keeping his heart blameless before God, you can sense his posture of humility.

The psalmist recognizes that, if God created him completely, wonderfully, fearfully, and specifically, then God must know how he processes life up to this point, and how he should respond to each situation.

We don’t always want to admit that we need to adjust our understanding or perspective. And that’s when Holy Spirit can step in and say, This is the Way, walk in it (Isaiah 30:21, emphasis mine).

It takes humility to cling to that Voice, and to trust Him to help keep your heart blameless.

In humility, you’ll see God’s hand in your understanding and perspectives. You’ll become more flexible and open-minded, knowing the way and truth, as He leads you.

Holy Spirit’s Help In Your Relationships

74 May those who fear You see me and be glad, Because I wait for Your word.
78 May the arrogant be put to shame, because they lead me astray with a lie; But I shall meditate on Your precepts.
79 May those who fear You turn to me, And those who know Your testimonies.

In this set of verses, the psalmist asks God to send people who fear Him and know His word. He asks God for positively impactful relationships, and for the negative ones to be put to shame.

Just as the psalmist makes this request, it is also important for us to take time to pray for our relationships, and to ask Holy Spirit to lead us to the right people, and away from the hurtful ones. He helps us recognize those who love, seek, and worship Him as much as you do.

He is present in your relationships as much as you are, if not more. He cares about the people you spend time with and wants what’s best for you and them!

By praying for healthy relationships, you’ll see God’s hand in each one. Including the ones that are unhealthy…

Holy Spirit’s Help In Your Trials & Afflictions

75 I know, Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, and that You have afflicted me in faithfulness.
76 May Your favor comfort me, according to Your word to Your servant.
77 May Your compassion come to me so that I may live, For Your Law is my delight.

In these last few verses, the psalmist says that God afflicted him in faithfulness, and it reminds me of a quote which says (paraphrased): Things don’t necessarily happen to you, but more so, FOR you.

This quote changed the way I view my past, and my present issues and trials. It reveals the importance of going through trying times to receive growth and opportunities in life.

You can’t grow without opposition.

God gave us His Holy Spirit to teach and help us remember the truth, to comfort us and help us in our weakness, and to lead us from revelation to revelation of Christ. Facing challenges and trials in life is part of the equation, and He is our Helper through it all.

God’s hand is prevalent in our trials and afflictions, especially.

Because just like Yodh is ever present in the Hebrew language, Holy Spirit is ever present in our life.

Conclusion

Holy Spirit is our help for this life on earth.

He unites us to the Father and Son. Whenever we reach out toward heaven in prayer, we can look within to hear His voice. He leads us into humility through gentle conviction and deep revelation of the Word. He completes us and brings order into our lives, as we live a life worthy of the calling we received. He helps us understand our situations, relationships, and trials.

As each meaning of Yodh holds bountiful representations, my challenge for you is to ponder on the many meanings of Yodh and how it connects to Holy Spirit.

How can you apply Yodh’s meanings to the prayer mentioned in Psalm 119?
What stands out to you?
How does Holy Spirit help you in your understanding, relationships, and the trials of your life?
How has Holy Spirit helped you in these different areas?

Below is a list of Yodh’s definitions and representations, along with a downloadable of 10 Bible verses about Holy Spirit that you can save to your device or print. These verses will help you understand the role and importance of Holy Spirit in your daily walk with Christ.

Definitions:

  • It’s smallness
  • Humility
  • Its presence in every Hebrew word
  • Its numerical meaning: 10
  • Completion & order
  • Prayer

Click here for the download.

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